Lahore: A day after his appearance in the
Supreme Court to face a contempt notice, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani today said there would be no clash between
Pakistan`s state institutions if they remained within their
"There is a trichotomy of power under the Constitution
and every institution has to work while remaining within its
limits. If every institution works within its limits, there is
no clash," he said.
The government respects the judiciary and will abide by
its decisions, Gilani said while interacting with reporters
after attending a convocation of the Lahore College for Women
Responding to questions from reporters about the
opposition’s claim that the government was engaged in a
confrontation with the judiciary, he said: "I want to tell you
that I am working according to the Constitution of Pakistan
and rule of law."
The "opposition`s job is to embarrass the government",
which has to "show magnanimity" and work according to its
programme and the mandate given to it by the people, he said.
Asked about the opposition`s demand for early polls to
end the crises facing the country, he said, "If there is an
election, we challenge them to face us."
Gilani appeared before a Supreme Court bench yesterday to
respond to a contempt notice that was issued after he failed
to act on orders to reopen graft cases against President Asif
Ali Zardari in Switzerland.
The premier told the court that his government could not
act on the orders as the President enjoyed immunity under the
Constitution within the country and abroad.
The premier told the reporters that his government had
restored the Constitution of 1973 drafted by late premier
Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and strengthened state institutions.
"My going to the Supreme Court shows that we respect the
judiciary and we want to strengthen the institutions," he
Gilani also defended his government`s decision to review
Pakistan-US ties after last year`s cross-border NATO air
strike that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.
"With just one telephone call from an (American) Under
Secretary, Gen (Pervez) Mushararf accepted all their demands.
But this is an elected government with the support of 180
million people. When the NATO carried out an attack, we not
only shut their supply lines but made them vacate Shamsi
airbase and didn`t go to the Bonn Conference (on
Afghanistan)," he said.
The Parliamentary Committee on National Security had been
asked to give recommendation for the review of ties with the
US and these will be considered by a joint session of
parliament, he said.
"We will be bound by whatever decisions parliament makes
and not by any other country," he added.
Without naming Musharraf, Gilani referred to his reported
plans to end his self-exile and to return to Pakistan.
"I want to tell them that they have no chance," he said.